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US Faces Reports That A Coalition Airstrike Killed Dozens Of Civilians

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U.S.-led forces fighting ISIS in Syria are again facing reports that an airstrike might have killed dozens of civilians. 

A coalition spokesman confirmed that it had bombed buildings Monday morning it said were controlled by the jihadis.

But two leading war monitors claim that one of the buildings bombed Monday morning was actually an ISIS prison. They estimate at least 42 civilians were killed in the strike, but the death toll could be higher than 60.

Coalition forces have taken responsibility for 484 civilian deaths in Iraq and Syria since airstrikes against ISIS began in 2014. 

But the nonprofit Airwars claims the death toll is nearly 10 times that figure — it estimates more than 4,000 civilians have been killed as of June 8.

The fight against ISIS has ramped up in the last couple of months, with campaigns to retake Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. The tight urban settings, combined with President Donald Trump giving more authority to the Pentagon, could be to blame for the increase in civilian deaths. 

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A U.S. military spokesman says there will be an investigation into reports of civilian casualties. 

Leaked FIFA Corruption Report Isn't As Damning As Many Thought

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There are lots of questions surrounding the 2018 World Cup going to Russia and 2022 going to Qatar. But an independent investigation wasn't able to produce the "smoking gun" critics were looking for.

Former U.S. attorney Michael Garcia probed FIFA's bidding process in 2014 after accusations that its executives were bribed for their votes.

His report criticized FIFA's executive committee for having a "culture of expectation and entitlement" but said Russia and Qatar should get to keep their hosting duties.

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Not everyone is sold on whether the inquest got the answers it was looking for. BBC Sport's Dan Roan wrote: "Fifa executives were evasive, uncooperative. … And with Garcia denied full access to bank accounts, and no subpoena power, explosive allegations were always unlikely."

It's a surprise we're even getting the report at all. FIFA scuttled the findings, saying legal issues prevented its release. It only relented because German news outlet Bild got a copy.

FIFA did put out a 42-page summary of the report in 2014, but Garcia said it was inaccurate and resigned from his post at FIFA in protest.

Even though there weren't any explosive allegations in the report, Russia and Qatar are still facing a huge amount of scrutiny ahead of their World Cups.

FIFA confirmed that Russia's entire 2014 World Cup squad is under investigation for doping, five of whom are still on the team.

SEE MORE: FIFA Responds To Damning Report About Working Conditions In Qatar

And workers have died while building stadiums for both Russia and Qatar in the run-up to the tournaments.

That's brought up questions as to why FIFA awarded the World Cup to nations that don't already have stadiums ready to go, especially when countries like the U.S., Japan, Spain and Australia were eligible to host.

John McEn-No: Tennis Star Stands By Serena Williams Slight

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Tennis legend John McEnroe stands by his statement that Serena Williams would "be like 700 in the world" if she played on the men's circuit.

When asked on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday if he'd "like to apologize," McEnroe said: "Uh, no." Here's the back story: 

The controversy started Sunday when NPR aired an interview with McEnroe, who is currently promoting his new memoir.

McEnroe writes that Williams is "without a doubt, the greatest female player ever."

The "Weekend Edition Sunday" host asked McEnroe why he would "qualify it" by saying "female player" rather than "best player in the world."

That's when McEnroe made his much-criticized statement. 

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Williams responded on Twitter Monday night, saying: "I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based."

It's worth noting she has 23 Grand Slam wins — that's a record for both women and men in Open Era history.

Coincidentally, Williams told Vanity Fair in a recent interview that her being described as the best athlete of her time "wouldn't be any sort of question" if she were a man. 

This is far from the first controversy McEnroe has found himself in. During his professional tennis career, McEnroe was known for losing his temper during matches.

McEnroe told "CBS This Morning" that "it wasn't necessary" for him to bring up the rankings. He added, "I didn't know it would create controversy."

The New US Human Trafficking Report Is Bad News For China

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The U.S. Department of State has unveiled its annual report on human trafficking, and it has some pretty harsh words for China.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson remarked on China: "It has not taken serious steps to end its own complicity in trafficking, including forced laborers from North Korea that are located in China."

This year's report downgrades China to the worst tier of human trafficking offenders — meaning it doesn't meet the U.S. standards for protecting trafficking victims, and isn't really trying to meet them.

The State Department singled out the country's treatment of North Korean citizens, accusing China both of hosting forced labor from North Korea and sending North Korean asylum seekers back to the country where they might be tortured or killed.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has tried to draw a line in the past between the U.S.' human rights values and its policy decisions.

But this report could make for a serious stumbling block in the White House's warming relationship with China, which President Donald Trump is leaning on to deal with North Korean aggression.

The President's daughter, Ivanka Trump, also attended the report's unveiling. Some Chinese factories linked to her fashion lines have recently faced scrutiny for alleged unfair labor practices.

Other takeaways from the State Department report include an overall decline in human trafficking prosecutions around the globe. The department estimates there are about 20 million victims of human trafficking in the world today.

Smart Ring 'Token' Wants To Do It All — But Can It Survive?

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A fancy high-tech ring is the latest gadget to try to navigate the shaky wearable market.

The "Token ring" by tech company Tokenize is a biometric ring that wants to replace your credit cards, keys and passwords. Partnering with Microsoft, MasterCard, Visa and HID Global, Token is all set to help automate your life.

And yes, people have already joked about Token's capabilities as the "one ring to rule them all." Question is — can the ring survive a wearable market that's as treacherous as Mordor? 

Silicon Valley has been jamming smart tech into watches, bracelets, rings and other accessories. But critics say the market is going nowhere fast.

Pebble, one of the first smartwatches of the wearable resurgence, was sold to Fitbit for next to nothing and all of its projects were canceled soon after. Other halted wearable devices include ones by Android and Motorola.

The Token ring isn't even the first biometric ring on the market. Back in 2014, tech company Logbar Inc. unveiled its own ring. It featured gesture controls, text transmission and payment features. Unfortunately, it failed, and tech reviewer Snazzy Labs even went so far as to call it the "worst product ever made."

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Despite the failures of its predecessors, Token is currently available for preorder and expects to ship this December.

Reporter Shuts Down Press Secretary's 'Fake News' Claims At Briefing

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 23:35

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Cameras were allowed back on after a week of off-camera press gaggles at the White House.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stood in for Sean Spicer.

Spicer has made headlines — and become the butt of jokes — for his aggressive, and at times inflammatory, style when addressing the press. 

The highlight of today's briefing: Sanders took some time to criticize CNN for a retracted story about connections between a Trump associate and Russia, then branched off to hit other outlets for similar stories.

Sanders said there is "a constant barrage of fake news directed at [President Donald Trump]."

She added: "I think that we have gone to a place where, if the media can't be trusted to report the news, then that's a dangerous place for America. ... We've been going on this Russia-Trump hoax for the better part of a year now with no evidence of anything."

But one reporter wasn't having it.

Brian Karem of The Sentinel Newspapers pushed back, saying it wasn't fair to paint the entire news industry as "fake news."

"You mentioned the Scaramucci story, where they had to have reporters resign. ... Come on," Karem said. "You're inflaming everybody right here and right now with those words. This administration has done that as well. Why in the name of heavens — any one of us are replaceable, and any one of us, if we don't get it right, the audience has the opportunity to turn the channel or not read us."

He continued: "You have been elected to serve for four years at least. There is no other option than that. We're here to ask you questions. You're here to provide the answers."

"Everybody in this room is only trying to do their job," Karem told Sanders.

So, when we are wrong we correct ourselves but when has POTUS ever done that? We are not FAKE news.

— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) June 27, 2017

He echoed his comments later on Twitter, saying: "When we are wrong we correct ourselves but when has POTUS ever done that? We are not FAKE news."

Sanders was also pressed on the Trump administration's reaction to the Congressional Budget Office score on the Senate's health care bill. She pointed to the budget projections of the score, but denounced coverage projections, citing inflated projections of coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

She said Trump and his team are optimistic about the bill.

"For us, it's never been about the timeline but about getting the best piece of legislation that helps the most Americans," Sanders said.

This Democrat Wants To Take Politics Out Of The Trump-Russia Probes

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 22:08

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California Congressman Eric Swalwell is a Democratic up-and-comer; he's a former prosecutor and a member of the House intel committee, which is currently investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

"This is like Russia getting in at Google at a dollar a share and having such a tremendous return on their investment," Stalwell said. "They have really succeeded in what they did."

He asked: "Why do you think that President Trump will not state that Russia meddled in our elections?"

There are currently five investigations into Russia being conducted: two in the House, two in the Senate and one by a special counsel. The coverage of those probes has largely been about the drama and politics and any backlash.

Swalwell is trying to keep focus elsewhere.

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"The Russians attacked our democracy the last election," he said. "They did it through a multi faceted campaign of hacking Dem emails, disseminating those emails through fake news and social media trolls. But also by going into state voter base information systems. We don’t know yet how deep they went."

The politics of the topic and early controversy around the intel committee chairman's coziness with the White House, which led to his recusal, have made some question the probe and wonder why there's been no hard evidence yet.

"We’re not wasting our time," Swalwell said. "Evidence is not a conclusion, evidence is an assembly of facts — witness accounts, documents that you review, that you test, that you bend to see what conclusion it takes you to. It’s too early to tell whether there was collusion. There is enough for us to keep asking questions."

In hearing after hearing, government officials have been clear 2016 isn't a one-off — that the tactics used last year can and will be used against the U.S. again. And Swalwell says future meddling is likely to be bipartisan.

"Russia don’t care," he said.

"How do we protect ourselves? Can we protect ourselves?

"Russia will come at us again and it may not be Democrats are the victims next time. And it’s not only Russia that has capabilities like this. But we can do something; we can strengthen our election systems, give federal resources to the states and counties."

But there's one huge problem. Until recently, the president wouldn't really acknowledge that Russia was behind the attacks, despite unanimous agreement in the intelligence community.

"There’s only one steering wheel in the car," Swalwell said. "So even if Dan Coats and the FBI leadership and the national security adviser are all shouting at the driver: 'Beware! Russia ahead. Don’t go in that direction, it’s not friendly,' the president still controls the steering and the direction. If he doesn’t acknowledge it and they do, that doesn’t help us as a country." 

Rep. Chaffetz Wants A $30,000 Annual Housing Allowance For Congress

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:57

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz is on his way out of Congress for the time being. But before he goes, he's advocating for a subsidy to help his fellow lawmakers.

Chaffetz wants members of Congress to get an extra $30,000 a year as a housing stipend. He told The Hill in an interview that working in Washington, D.C., can be cost-prohibitive.

Lawmakers already get a salary of $174,000 per year as well as health insurance, a 401(k), pension plan, and an average allowance of over $1.2 million to pay for staff, travel and other expenses.

Officials in leadership positions make a bit more. The speaker of the House gets $223,500, the president pro tempore of the Senate and the majority and minority leaders in the House and Senate get $193,400 per year.

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For all 535 representatives, the total cost of a housing stipend would be an estimated $16 million per year.

Chaffetz says the stipend would actually save money. He says lawmakers would be able to have their families live with them in D.C. instead of flying back and forth to visit. 

He also says the housing stipend would open up Congress to people who aren't millionaires. But don't expect to see any proposals like it come to the House floor. Chaffetz has less than a week left before he resigns from the House.

Turbines Of The Future Might Be Larger Than The Empire State Building

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:19

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In the world of wind power, it's usually best to go big or go home because larger turbines can generate more power. And now, researchers are designing what could be the world's largest wind turbine.

Since 1999, wind turbines have gotten about 50 percent larger on average. The U.S.' first offshore wind farm has turbines nearly twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty.

This newly proposed turbine would be larger than the Empire State Building and would generate 10 times more power than today's standard ones.

Beyond its sheer size, the turbine is also innovative for its flexible structure. Because the researchers want the turbine to sit about 50 miles offshore, it'll have to withstand hurricane-force winds.

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To combat strong weather, engineers are modeling the turbine after palm trees, which can sway and move their trunks in high winds.

And the team is opting to use a two-blade system instead of the standard three; the new blades can retract during a hurricane.

A Global Cyberattack Hit Over 2000 Computer Systems ... And Counting

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 21:15

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A global cyberattack that started in Europe is spreading to major government agencies and international companies. And experts are still trying to figure out who's responsible.

Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab found over 2,000 computer systems have been hit, and the number is increasing.

This number includes major pharmaceutical companies, advertising firms, banks, shipping companies and government agencies.

The first reported attacks homed in on Ukraine. The official government's Twitter said they were working to contain the issue, and Deputy Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko confirmed the government's computer system had been shut down.

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Other Ukrainian departments affected include the postal service, railway company, metro system and power grid company.

The ransomware attack encrypted computer files and held them ransom for $300. The bitcoin address used for the transactions shows some organizations are giving in.

South Korean web-hosting firm Nayana reportedly paid $1 million for its data.

Although no one knows yet who's behind the attack, some are comparing it to the WannaCry cyberattacks from May. One expert told The New York Times that Tuesday's attack is "improved and more lethal." 

What Existed Before The Big Bang?

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:54

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Most of today's scientists agree the universe as we know it started with the Big Bang. But one question still puzzles experts: What happened before that?

For most of history, it was assumed the universe was fixed, running from the infinite past to the infinite future — meaning, the universe always was, and will always continue to be.

But with Albert Einstein's proposed theory of relativity and the rise of quantum mechanics, new ideas began sprouting up everywhere.

Cosmologists Sean Carroll and Alan Guth proposed one theory known as Two-Headed Time. This is similar to the infinite cosmos idea, except the Big Bang happened in the middle.

According to the theory, a distorted mirror of our universe contracted until 14 billion years ago when it eventually reached its minimum size. Then the Big Bang happened, and our universe has been expanding ever since.

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Other physicists have suggested we live in a multiverse, in which our universe sprouted from a parent universe and could be one of many.

Another theory is our universe could be the output of a black hole in another universe: The black hole attracts matter, which gushes out a hole at the other end and gives birth to our universe.

Others propose what's known as the Big Bounce. The idea here is one universe collapsed inward and then bounced back to make an entirely different one.

But perhaps there was nothing before the Big Bang, not even time itself. This is the most widely accepted theory, with some well-known supporters, like cosmologists Alexander Vilenkin and Stephen Hawking.

Scientists currently don't have a way to test any of these proposals; today's telescopes can't even see as far back as the Big Bang, let alone what came before it.

Physicists hope within the next few decades, any of these theories or one that's yet-to-be-discovered might finally help explain how the universe began.

Three Chicago Cops Indicted In Cover-Up Of Laquan McDonald Shooting

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 20:51

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Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on conspiracy charges in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times as he was holding a small knife and walking away from officers. Dashcam footage of the encounter contradicted the official reports about what happened.

That footage wasn't released until a year after the shooting took place, which led protesters to accuse the city of trying to cover up the details of McDonald's death.

Van Dyke is still facing murder and aggravated battery charges in the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty.

Renewable Energy In Refugee Camps Could Be The Way Of The Future

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:53

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Renewable energy could soon fully power this refugee camp in Jordan — the first camp of its kind. That could improve life for the 20,000 people living there.

The Azraq camp uses a sustainable solar farm to provide electricity.

The solar plant cost nearly $10 million. It was funded by the IKEA Foundation as a part of a partnership with the United Nations' refugee agency.

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The U.N. says the farm will reduce CO2 emissions and offer savings each year. Also, refugees will be employed to maintain it.

Like refugees elsewhere, studying or cooking food at night was tough for people in the Azraq camp.

"I can get up any time to prepare milk, change diapers or give medication," said Ashman, a mother living in the camp. 

Refugee camps around the world rely on diesel generators, which aren't great for the environment.

Other refugee camps have used supplemental sustainable energy methods before, but the U.N. says it's pushing for more renewable solutions. 

Hollywood Wants To Take A Close Look At The Chinese Box Office

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:29

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Hollywood is reportedly taking a closer look at the Chinese box office. 

Bloomberg says the Motion Picture Association of America, which represents major movie studios, is conducting an audit of Chinese ticket sales for selected films.

Since 2012, an agreement between China and the U.S. has allowed an international firm to audit China's box office, but this is the first time it's happened. 

Why exactly? Because movie theaters in China have underreported ticket sales before, and studios are concerned it might still be happening.

China is a huge market for Hollywood, and some movies perform better at the Chinese box office than in North America. Case in point: This year's "The Fate of the Furious" made about $167 million more in China than it did domestically.

At the most, U.S. studios currently get just 25 percent of the revenue made at the Chinese box office, so every dollar counts.

Aside from revenue-sharing films, China also imports flat-fee films. Chinese distributors pay a one-time fee for the rights to these movies and aren't required to provide any box-office revenue to the movie's studio.

In other foreign markets, studios average around 40 percent.

Besides underreporting ticket sales, Chinese movie theaters have reportedly given away tickets in bulk and even attributed one movie's profits to another film.

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Deadline reports the latter happened in 2015 when people bought tickets for "Terminator Genisys," but theaters instead issued them tickets for a Chinese war film.

China's trying to crack down on the fraud. Back in March, it fined 326 theaters for falsifying reported revenue.

McConnell Delays Vote On Health Care Bill Until After July 4

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:09

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delayed the Senate's vote on the Republican health care bill.

The Senate was expected to vote on the bill later this week.

"We're going to continue the discussions within our conference on the differences that we have that we're continuing to try to litigate," McConnell told reporters Tuesday afternoon.

The decision to delay came after several Republican senators said they wouldn't back a procedural vote to bring the bill to the floor for consideration.

Some cited concerns with the bill, while others said they felt like the vote was being rushed.

SEE MORE: CBO Predicts GOP Health Care Bill Could Leave 22 Million Uninsured

The Congressional Budget Office released its report on the bill Monday.

McConnell has a narrow majority of 52 seats in the Senate. He can afford to lose only two GOP votes and still put the bill up for consideration, not to mention pass it. And that's banking on a tie-breaker from Vice President Mike Pence.

McConnell wanted the vote to happen before the Senate's July 4 recess.

He'll have just a couple weeks to rally support. The Senate is on recess for the entirety of August, and its members only have until the end of September to pass a bill with a simple majority. In that time, they also need to reconcile it with the House's bill.

Republican Senators were invited to the White House Monday afternoon to discuss health care legislation.

"The president has been very involved over the last week talking to members individually," McConnell said before the meeting. "He wanted to talk to all of us together today, and I think that's helpful."

Germany Is Probably Going To Vote On Same-Sex Marriage Really Soon

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 19:05

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Germany might be changing its tune on same-sex marriage.

The land of bratwurst and beer is one of the few western countries that doesn't allow same-sex marriage — instead, same-sex couples can enter civil partnerships.

But a recent comment by Chancellor Angela Merkel indicates views could be shifting. In an interview, she said the German parliament should have a conscience vote on same-sex marriage. 

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That basically means members of parliament should vote according to their personal beliefs and not feel pressured to vote along party lines.

And Merkel's party hasn't been too keen on the idea of same-sex marriage in the past. The party has long advocated for "family values," and Merkel herself has opposed giving adoption rights to same-sex couples before.

A majority of Germans are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage and have been for a while. Some have criticized Merkel's recent move as a political ploy, saying it has "nothing to do with values."

Still, Germany's minority ruling party, the Social Democrats, are pushing for a vote to happen sometime this week.

One Airline Will Let A Lucky Few Watch The Solar Eclipse From The Sky

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 18:46

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You definitely wouldn't sleep on this flight.

Alaska Airlines said Monday it will take one group of lucky passengers on a flight to "chase 'The Great American Eclipse.'"

That extremely rare solar eclipse is Aug. 21.

All of the continental U.S. will see the moon block at least part of the sun, but millions along a path from Oregon to South Carolina will see a total solar eclipse.

Those on the special Alaska Airlines flight get a guaranteed, unobstructed view of the cosmic event.

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The catch? The passenger list is invite-only, except for two seats. The airline will launch a contest July 21, and the winner can bring a guest.

Alaska Airlines didn't immediately say how the winner would be chosen, but considering the continental U.S. won't catch another total solar eclipse until 2024, you might want to give it a shot.

Salvador Dali's Body Might Be Exhumed To Settle A Paternity Suit

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 17:36

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Nearly three decades after his death, surrealist painter Salvador Dali might be dug up from his grave.

A judge in Spain ruled Dali's body should be exhumed to settle a paternity suit.

A Spanish woman says her mother had an affair with Dali in 1955 and that she's his biological daughter.

And if she can prove it, the BBC reports she could be entitled to part of the painter's estate.

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During the alleged affair, Dali was married to his wife Gala, who had a daughter from a previous marriage, but the couple never had children of their own.

According to a statement from a Madrid court, the judge said exhumation was necessary to get a DNA sample so it could be compared with the woman's to verify bloodlines.

But the foundation that manages Dali's estate isn't happy about it and says it plans to appeal the judge's order.

A date for the exhumation hasn't been set, but the woman's attorney said it could happen as soon as next month.

Google Gets Hit With A Record Fine Over Its Search Results

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:47

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Google was just fined more than $2.7 billion.

On Tuesday, the European Commission fined the company and accused it of illegally promoting its own comparison shopping service over search results from competitors.

Here's a breakdown: Search for an item on Google and you'll see "sponsored" shopping results at the top of the screen. That's what Google is in trouble for across the pond.

The European Commission notes Google already holds a 90 percent market share in Europe, so the commission says the tech giant is abusing its dominance by promoting its own shopping service.

"What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules. It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation," Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.

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The $2.7 billion fine is the largest penalty the European Commission has handed out in this type of antitrust case.

Intel previously held that record with a $1.2 billion fine in 2009.

Google now has 90 days to fix its anti-competitive behavior, or it will face more fines.

In a statement, Google said the ruling "underestimates the value" and the convenience of its shopping ads. The company is considering appealing the decision.

Brazil's President Is Charged With Corruption, Accepting Bribes

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:29

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Brazil's current president helped lead efforts to get the last one impeached, but now he's facing corruption charges of his own.

The accusations against President Michel Temer are twofold: First, he's accused of accepting a $152,000 bribe from the head of a major meatpacking company.

That company, JBS, has been struggling with its own scandal. In plea deal testimony for corruption allegations, leaders of JBS accused Temer of taking bribes.

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Beyond the initial payment, Temer and one of his aides were reportedly guaranteed an additional $11 million.

Secondly, Temer reportedly told that same JBS leader to keep bribing someone else, and that was revealed thanks to a secretly recorded conversation.

Temer became Brazil’s president last year after his predecessor, Dilma Rousseff, was impeached for violating budget laws.

Some believed her removal was politically motivated. Rousseff was known as one of a few Brazilian politicians who didn't accept bribes.

Rousseff accused Temer of taking a bribe of almost $300,000 shortly after she was impeached.

A Supreme Court judge is now deciding if Temer's case should be sent to Brazil's lower house of Parliament. That house would then decide if he should stand on trial.